Music is usually discussed separately from other arts, but that will not be the case here. I have some compositions I want to record and share and, since a dedicated site for them is unwarranted, they will appear in this music “gallery” in ART @ CHC.
I ask only that, if you care to listen, please avoid playing on laptop speakers. Even earbuds are better! Thanks.
Bucket of Steel [Posted 2020.03.23, Length 4:07]
The first recording I’m sharing here is a composition I wrote sometime in the mid-1970s. It was a staple of my home piano-playing sessions, and over time I developed a number of variations on the tune to forestall boredom. I finally recorded the piano track on our Yamaha U1 upright in February 2016, for a future CD for my spouse. In February 2020, I dusted off this track and added other digital instruments to the mix. The analog and digital performances, the arrangement and the mix are all mine and the end result is not mistake-free. It is, however, good enough for me and I have spent enough time on it — probably a month.
I once wrote a few lyrics for this song but never really developed them.
BUCKET OF STEEL © 2020 Craig H Collins
Company Man [Posted 2020.12.02, Remix 2021.02.05, Length 4:29]
Company Man is the first words-and-music song I’ve recorded in over 40 years. I wrote the outlines of the song in the early 1980s, but the lyrics and the bridge were only completed this year. I may have borrowed inspiration from the Kinks’ Shangri-La as well as from the Jackie Gleason Orchestra. The composition and all analog/digital performances are mine, with the exception of the intro and outro vocals — those lines were extracted from management comments in Eastman Kodak annual reports of the late 1990s – early 2000s, which I typed into online speech synthesizers and then recorded.
I’m not proud of the vocals, but it’s the only voice I have left after all these years. And even this modest effort would not have been possible without the (amazing) capabilities of Melodyne pitch-adjusting software.
Overall, I worked on this recording about five months. At that rate, I might be ready to release my first album when I’m 72.
[February 2021: Still dissatisfied with the mix, I did another remix at the end of last year. Although it was better, I was still not entirely happy, so I did a George Martin and combined the two best mixes (#78 and #82) together. This will have to do. For now.]
COMPANY MAN © 2020 Craig H Collins